This doesn’t look the strongest race of its type, so it could be worth chancing HELLO BOB, who may have been brought along with handicaps in mind. Admittedly, he has been well beaten in three starts over hurdles so far, but based on his bumper win on debut last year, an opening mark of 99 could underestimate him. Samuel Drinkwater is among the winners and a better run could be in the offing.
A good winner of a bumper at Southwell on debut in December, GLOBAL FAME shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up to the near-smart Harry Senior at Chepstow later that month. That form makes him stand out in this field, and open to improvement now, he is a confident selection to go one place better and open his account.
Kenny Johnson’s runner KING GOLAN is better form than his recent form figures suggest, leaving the impression he would have been suited by a more proactive ride over an inadequate two miles at Catterick last time.
The step back up in trip now will suit with that in mind, and now 8lb below his last winning mark, he has to be of interest.
A lightly-raced winner in points and has showed ability on all four starts under Rules. He appears to have been brought along steadily, likely with handicaps in mind, and he is of interest now on just his second start for Philip Kirby. An opening mark of 107 is no gift, but McGARRY likely has much more to offer, and makes most appeal on this line-up.
A trappy event, but it could be worth giving COMMODORE BARRY another chance. He left the impression that the return to three miles would suit when well beaten at Newbury last time, unable to quicken with the principals in the closing stages. That was a stronger race than this, and he should be able to take up his usual prominent position in this small field, so has enough in his favour to make him of interest.
A thorough test of stamina is exactly what POND ROAD needs and with his yard in excellent order at present, he could be the way to go in an open event. Espoir Moriviere ought to make his presence felt, while Skylanna Breeze is the potential improver in the race.
This doesn’t look the strongest bumper, with the ones with form not setting the bar too high, and NO ANXIETY makes plenty of appeal on paper and could be up to making a winning debut from glencassley, who sets the standard. Ballaquane is another newcomer to note.